New Twitter Background for @CarlChapmanSr

I splurged a bit.  I had a designer create a new twitter background for me that displays all of my contact information.

You can check out the full effect at http://twitter.com/CarlChapmanSr

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I think it looks pretty cool… what do you think?

Feel free to comment.  Also, if you’d like a cool twitter background like this, just let me know, I’ll hook you up.

Get to Know My Rotties – Roscoe & Doobie

I thought I would post some pictures of my dogs for y’all.  Their names are Doobie (the oldest) and Roscoe.  Doobie was a rescue from a drug dealer.  He was recovered by the Sheriff’s Dept. following a drug arrest.

Roscoe came to us from a breeder who tried to rip us off and was ‘convinced’ to hold to her agreement after I use some web magic and SEO to illustrate that her business might suffer a blow to its reputation if she didn’t do the right thing.

From time to time I’ll post more pictures and maybe some videos.

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Taking a nap.

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Waiting to be released to eat breakfast.

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All packed up and ready for our walk.

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Aren’t they the cutest?

Fell free to comment or ask questions of leave links to pictures of you dogs or pets if you like.

How to Get the Most Out of Your Blogroll

wordpress-logoFirst, if you are an expert, bear with me for a minute while I help the less experienced in the audience catch up.  If you don’t know what a blogroll is, here is the definition: blogroll – a list of blogs on a blog (usually placed in the sidebar of a blog) that reads as a list of recommendations by the blogger of other blogs.

Now that everyone knows what it is and where it is let’s talk about why it is important and how you can benefit from yours (and other peoples blogrolls.)  Even if your blog uses the default setting of ‘nofollow‘ on links in comments [see my article on why you need to remove nofollow] your blogroll doesn’t.  That means that your blogroll, along with everyone else’s is a great source of links to related content.  That means that other people who have blogs and put your site on their blogroll are providing a great source of one-way links to your site.

As you may know having links pointing back to your site is very important for ranking well in search engine results pages (SERPs).  Plus they can be a good source of traffic.  People who read blogs, on another blog may peruse the blogroll to find additional interesting content to read.  That can mean a new visitor for your site.

For my SEO clients, I always advise that they have a blog and that they find related blogs with which they can swap blogroll listings.  It really is pretty easy to do and most people that have a blog are more than happy to include you on their blogroll if you ask nicely.  The best thing about being on a blogroll is that it isn’t just one link to your site – it’s a one link from every single page in that blog.  So think of your mission like this – don’t think of it as  get listed on one blogroll think of it as getting hundreds of backlinks to your site.

One of my clients, Erin Kennedy, has a really good blogroll with lots of related blogs.  Erin, who is a professional resume writer,  has taken the time to research blogs that will be of interest to her readers and added them to her blogroll as a service.  The by-products is that she can build relationships with those bloggers and get on their blogroll.

Cool SEO Report – Helps Small Businesses

Carls-coverSEOsmallOK, forgive me if I sound like I’m bragging.  I have produced an SEO report that all my friends have told me I should be charging a lot of money for.  It contains a bunch of information that can help people with their online marketing efforts.  It is 44 pages long, written in easy to understand everyday language and explains how to get your website ranked highly on Google.

You can get the report for free by visiting my website WebsitesThatDriveSales.com.  You will have to sign up for an email list [totally spam free, your information never shared] but you’ll get the report instantly!

You can also check out the services that I offer on the blog at that site.  We do web development, SEO, and eCommerce consulting.  Make sure you listen to the customer feedback at the bottom of each page.

I’m pretty proud of the results that we have attained for our clients.  Every client that we have worked with has attained multiple #1 rankings on major search engines for related keywords.  Our latest client, Apartment Marketing Solutions, just went live on July 30th and has 22#1 rankings across 3 major search engines. They provide online, turn-key marketing solutions for multi-family property owners.

So what are you waiting for, head over to the website and pick up my FREE report “10 Internet Marketing Secrets Guaranteed to Double Your Business in the Next 12 Months

Just added ‘Subscribe to Comments’

subscribe-smallI just added a great plug-in to my blog that is designed to encourage conversation among readers. the blog here isn’t only about me, but about my audience as well. In fact it is mostly about my audience. I have other blogs where I provide good and services and do it for money. Here I just give away advice.

Since the idea here is for a free flow of great information, what better way to do that than to encourage commenting? Hope y’all will make use of the new feature.

– Carl

PS – here is the link to the plug-in for your wordpress installation: Subscribe to Comments Now!

Perry Belcher & Google

While I was twittering this morning I happened to see a tweet by Perry Belcher. Perry had posted a link to an article about something funny that happens when you type ‘twitter is’ in Google [you can see the article here: http://mashable.com/2009/08/11/google-twitter-search/]

I thought it was pretty funny. And it gave me an idea. I wanted to see what would happen if it did the same thing only substituting ‘Perry Belcher’ for Twitter. for those of you who don’t know Perry is something of a guru in online marketing, a social media genius, a mentor of mine. I think he is heroic. Like many of us, he’s not perfect.

Check the screen shot below AND then read on to get some explanation.

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You see in the list a few ‘peculiar’ listings. As it happens Perry got in a scrape. More than a few people have tried exploit his hardship by publicly slamming him. I think it is compeltely undeserved. You can check out Perry’s explanation in a video that he made on the subject: Perry Belcher Explains

I’ve gotten a ton of great information from Perry. I can vouch for him interms of knowledge. As far as character, he appears to be as genuine as they come. I’m glad to be associated with him. Check out his "Get Money from Google" which is top notch.

 

How To Improve Your Blog – Do Follow Plugin

Welcome Twitter & Facebook Friends!

saynotonofollowGlad you guys are here! I’ve been doing the blogging thing for a number of years now, and even though I’m just a passable writer, I’ve managed to put into practice some tricks that have made my blogs pretty successful. I’ve also taught a number of my clients these same tricks which have helped their blogs and websites get highly ranked in the major search engines.

Most SEO guys will tell you that one of the most powerful elements of ‘importance’ to search engines is links that point back to your site. This links and their anchor text is what accounts for your site being indexed and ranked for the keywords in the anchor text. The more links pointing to your site with anchor text that consists of keyword phrases that you are targeting, the better.

This is what makes blogs such a great thing. You can get links pointing back to your site almost at will, if you know how to do it. There are really three main ways:

  • Commenting – writing comments on other people’s blogs, using your keyword text as the ‘name’ and the page your are targeting as the ‘website’
  • Linking – putting links in your blog post so that your will get a trackback from their blog to yours.
  • Blogroll – getting on their blogroll.

Now what most people don’t know is that the first two are generally a waste of time (at least as far as search engines and indexing go) for 95% of all blogs.  That is because the blogs are using ‘no-follow’.  So the hyperlinks that are pointing to your site, that you so carefully, lovingly, and laboriously added to your list of related blogs by commenting and linking from your posts are nothing but a big waste of time.

“Why are most blogs ‘nofollow’ anyway?” you might be asking.  Good question.  Peole thought it would be a good way to fight comment spam by the comment spambots.  What they forgot about what what the web is about in the first place… people helping one another and linking back and forth. There are better ways to fight comment spam than punishing bloggers who take the time to post thoughtfully on your articles.

That’s why I put together a little training video for people.  Totally free, it shows you how to add a neat tool to your browser that will help you detect if a blog is using ‘no follow’ of if the blog owner has been smart enough to use the Do Follow plugin.  Plus I show you how to install the Do Follow plugin on your own site.

Watch the video here

After you watch the video I’d like for you to do three things for me (well really do them for yourself)

  1. Install the Quirk SearchStatus toolbar in your browser
  2. Install the Do Follow plugin for your blog (sorry if you are on WordPress.com or Blogger you should get a self-hosted blog)
  3. Come back here and comment with your URL telling people that you now “Follow”

Here is a list of some blogs from various fields that you might find helpful to post to, all of which use Do Follow

Hope you have found this to be helpful.

7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Have a Website

That’s what I said, you shouldn’t have a website.

You should have a blog instead.

Now that you’ve found a web host for your business / marketing website you have just one question – “What the heck do I put up on my website?” My very best suggestion is is that you put up a blog and not a regular website, at least at first. I would suggest that you use WordPress as your blog software. Here are my 7 reasons you shouldn’t have a website but should use a blog for your website: [read more at my other website]

How to Write a GREAT Blog Post Title

This is a subject that many people are interested in but few understand.

There are two goals that you want to accomplish with your title.

First, you want it to be search engine friendly and be something that will be displayed in a lot of searches.
Second, and perhaps most important, you want the title to encourage people to click and read YOUR post as opposed to the other links that are presented in the search.

Check out this handful of articles to get some great ideas for blog titles from some of the best blogs.

John Chow has a good article about writing great blog titles:  How To Write a Good Blog Title for High Website Traffic

Ten formulas for great titles from copyblogger: 10 Sure-Fire Headline Formulas That Work

5 tips for writing great blog titles: 5 Tips For Developing Great Post Titles for Your Blog

A list of 33 ways to write a great headline:  33 Foolproof Headline Strategies

Hope you find these ideas helpful.  Remember a title that doesn’t get clicked doesn’t bring you any readers.

Blantant Ripoff of a Great Post

Great posts are hard to do consistently on a day-to-day basis. Probloggers really have to work at it. I thought about all the different ways and angles a blogger can approach choosing posting topics. Here are 101 different ideas that I think are great to stimulate your mind and jumpstart your blogging.

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If you are looking for posting ideas for your blog I highly recommend the ideas that Philip discusses here.